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originally posted by: ScepticScot
a reply to: luthier
I am up to 6 or 7 times in this thread saying that martial arts and self defence have a place in dealing with bullying? Are you not reading, failing to understand or deliberately trying to pick a fight with something I haven't actually said?
My issue is with your apparent believe that it is the only solution. Can you explain how martial arts is going to help the disabled kid who can't actually do it? Or perhaps how it helps when the kid is being picked on by a group of larger older kids? What about when the bullying is not physical, is retaliation with violence still the answer? If a kid is been bullied on-line should he karate kick his computer monitor?
Any efforts to reduce bullying have to deal with the whole issue. The bullied kids ability to stand up for themselves might be part of that but so might be looking at what else can be done to build their confidence or expand their social circle.
It would also involve dealing effectively with the bully as well. It might involve more effective disciplinary measures or it might involve dealing with underlying issues that are making them behave that way in the first place. Lets not forget that in most cases the bully is just a kid is well.